'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.2M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.2MSeptember 01, 2014 08:55 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in an estimated $22.18 million over the four-day frame to lead the box office for a second straight weekend. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel became the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a tremendous $280.48 million through 32 days of release and will continue to distance itself from the $259.77 million take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Over the four-day frame, Guardians of the Galaxy was up an impressive 29 percent over last weekend's three-day frame. The revised three-day estimate for Guardians of the Galaxy is $17.08 million.

While it didn't have the greatest hold this weekend by Labor Day weekend standards, Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still held steady in second place over the four-day frame with an estimated $15.7 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 6 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a 25-day take of $166.36 million. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $11.90 million.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with an estimated four-day take of $11.30 million. That represented a respectable 26 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.16 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $9.30 million.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with an estimated $10.32 million. The low-budget horror film opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. As Above/So Below performed similarly to 2011's Apollo 18, which debuted with a $10.71 million 4-day Labor Day weekend take. As Above/So Below received a lackluster C- rating on CinemaScore and will likely be front-loaded going forward due in part to its genre. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $8.6 million.

The November Man opened in sixth with an estimated four-day take of $10.2 million. There is a history of new films aimed at adults over-performing during Labor Day weekend, but Relativity's action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan opened in line with expectations. The six-day total for The November Man stands at $11.89 million. That places The November Man 19 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $7.88 million.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with an estimated four-day gross of $10.55 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 2 percent from last weekend. Let's Be Cops surpassed the $50 million mark this weekend and is now on the verge of reaching the $60 million mark with a 20-day take of $59.67 million. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $8.28 million.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with an estimated four-day take of $3.33 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,704 from 382 locations. The revised three-day estimate for the film stands at $2.66 million.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed an estimated $2.2 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The revised three-day estimate for the re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster is $1.75 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Jan. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$1,451,030-71%3,185--$456$21,116,1311Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$941,104-73%3,0780$306$45,919,5192Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$692,438-74%2,737--$253$12,208,2281Lionsgate
4Red Tails$637,514-77%2,57361$248$34,387,6322Fox
5Man on a Ledge$535,074-73%2,998--$178$8,537,0061Lionsgate
7The Descendants$483,373-72%2,0011441$242$59,186,67211Fox Searchlight
8Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$438,207-75%2,6300$167$21,379,9096Warner Bros.
9Haywire$314,971-70%2,4412$129$15,596,9332Relativity Media
10Beauty and the Beast 3D$307,836-81%2,145-480$144$41,417,9743Disney
11The Iron Lady$267,557-69%1,244168$215$17,786,6805Weinstein Company
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$225,531-74%1,654-865$136$202,790,7347Paramount
13Joyful Noise$191,303-76%2,021-714$95$26,867,2063Warner Bros.
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$164,731-71%1,202-705$137$98,350,1346Sony / Columbia
15War Horse$161,404-70%1,861-664$87$75,780,0566Disney / DreamWorks
16Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$160,168-73%1,530-955$105$182,371,2257Warner Bros.
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$70,192-88%1,070-1000$66$127,111,6997Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$66,928-84%1,089-976$61$71,772,8066Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$286,508-69%897235$319$17,030,69510Weinstein Company
3The Adventures of Tintin$86,057-81%702-638$123$74,354,3346Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$78,153-74%410-321$191$20,243,2218Focus
5Albert Nobbs$67,429-66%245--$275$813,7681Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$49,560-64%722-1485$69$52,739,6964Paramount
7My Week with Marilyn$31,136-68%186-39$167$12,627,04110Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$20,593-84%309-22$67$63,109,31311Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$16,373-84%270-22$61$148,156,18114Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$13,580-68%191-179$71$280,549,71511Lionsgate / Summit
11J. Edgar$13,122-55%208162$63$37,174,51712Warner Bros.
12The Sitter$11,482-67%145-46$79$30,212,4478Fox
13Tower Heist$8,710-71%174-46$50$78,017,86513Universal
14Immortals$6,808-67%117-52$58$83,403,39112Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$16,780-65%80-15$210$3,298,4939Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,144-61%450$292$15,856,80243Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Young Adult$4,830-66%87-63$56$16,198,1928Paramount
4Coriolanus$4,822-68%123$402$147,7092Weinstein Company
5Pariah (2011)$3,795-71%14-7$271$574,2155Focus
6The Darkest Hour$2,752-72%87-214$32$21,174,0006Summit
7In Time$2,731-64%58-39$47$37,511,58414Fox
8New Year's Eve$2,591-64%62-203$42$54,263,0148Warner Bros. / New Line
9Drive (2011)$1,294-64%23-10$56$35,038,47920FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$917-76%11-3$83$226,9616FilmDistrict